Friday, May 30, 2008

DVD Issues

Well, I just purchased a Philips DVP5990 DVD player last weekend. It has some nice features, including the ability to play DIVX movies from an external USB drive.

I spent the past 2 hours trying to connect the player to my TV through HDMI. I tried 3 different cables, all of which gave me a horrible picture that looked like something out of an old four color CGA monitor from the 1980s. I tried upgrading the firmware, jiggling the wires and changing settings all to no avail. Finally, one step away from returning the player for a replacement, I tried unplugging the unit for a few minutes. After turning it back on, all of the color problems have disappeared. The player appears to be functioning normally. Apparently, not even a reboot after upgrading the firmware was sufficient to fix this bug...

2 comments:

David said...

Thank You! I did just about everything you did and was just about to return it. It's working perfect now.

Rodney said...

Glad I could help. Unfortunately, I am still having the coloring issue pop up randomly, about 10% of the time when I turn on the DVD player. The only way I've found to fix the problem is to unplug it for a few seconds, plug it in, and turn it back on. At that point, the color goes back to normal. There must be a bug in the software on this DVD player. It may be some sort of HDMI sync issue.